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How do I get started?

Intro Private
An Intro private is a one-on-one session with a Synergy trainer. This session is designed to cover the programming from our Intro Class, and meet you where you are for your specific needs. Your trainer will teach you basic fundamentals and provide a few tools for beginning exploration of your practice.Your trainer can help you assess which options are best for you, and discuss next steps. This session is $50, and is based upon trainer availability. If you would like to bring a friend, you may book an Intro Duet for $60 ($30 per person). Please call the studio to schedule.

Intro Classes
...are offered once every few months, usually on Saturdays. This is an economical and easy way to get started at our studio. These are 90 minute group sessions designed to introduce students to basic fundamentals, and provide a few tools for beginning exploration of your practice. We offer intro classes for yoga, Pilates matwork, meditation, among others. The teacher is always available after class to answer questions, make recommendations, and help you decide next steps on your mind/body journey. The cost is $25. Watch our schedule for the next one!

6-Week Beginner Courses
...are offered a few times a year at Synergy. These courses require advance registration, and meet once a week for six weeks..Here we are able to give students an opportunity to explore details and progress in community with classmates to build a personal practice. Classes are limited in size. Please reserve your slot in advance. Watch the home page for upcoming courses.

There is ALWAYS a way to meet your needs at the time you desire to begin. Just give us a call.

All sales final. Credit cards not accepted at this time. Private Sessions and Duets by appointment only; please contact the studio to schedule. Please view our Cancellation, Expiration & Snow Policies.

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New to yoga or Pilates?

Before starting ANY new exercise regimen, particularly if you are not currently exercising, you should consult your doctor.

Wear clothing that is comfortable, breathable and that moves with you. (Loose/untucked t-shirts are not recommended, as they fall over the face/head during inverted poses, and restrict breathing).

Some classes, depending upon the format, are meant to be challenging. Please do not be discouraged if you find it difficult initially. Be patient, take rest when you need it, learn by observing, and above all pay attention to your body and honor its signals. Remember the foundation of a mind/body practice is body awareness. With regular practice you will quickly see marked improvements in strength, flexibility, balance, posture, and concentration. Notice and celebrate the changes as you grow.

During your workout, challenge yourself when appropriate, but do not ever FORCE a posture or exercise. If you feel pain for any reason, STOP immediately.

If you have had injuries of any kind, particularly to the knees, back, or neck, please be mindful of pain in these areas, and also advise the instructor. You will be able to perform a very effective workout, but you should be aware of modifications, to avoid putting stress on these areas.

Try to allow 3 hours after a meal before your workout, and 1 hour after a snack. Do not drink a large quantity of water/beverage within 1/2 hour of class. Your stomach should be empty to allow for deeper breathing (not to mention you will also be sloshing around).

Synergy yoga classes focus mainly on:

  1. Asana - Posture, poise, balance & control
  2. Pranayama - breathing control/technique
  3. Vinyasa - the flowing breath-synchronized movements that link these together. Initially you will want to focus on correct posture and alignment, tying in your breathing as you learn. With regular practice, your yoga workout will flow seamlessly from beginning to end.
  4. Relaxation/Meditation - a time to release tension from the body and mind.

Synergy Pilates classes focus on the principles of classical Pilates:

An important premise of the disciplines taught in our studio is the ancient practice of mindfulness, or being "in the moment." Attempt to withdraw from the stresses of the world around you, and from thoughts of the past or what is to come. Concentrate on the sound of your own breath. When you find yourself distracted, bring your focus back to the breath. Pay attention to your body, continuously making subtle adjustments in order to achieve balance and deepen your posture.

Your practice should be highly individualized, and never a competition. Always do what feels most comfortable for you on that given day and at that given time, NOT based on what you did yesterday, or last week, and not based on what the person next to you is doing. When you enter class, any competitiveness should remain outside. No matter how familiar one may be with the discipline, everyone's practice varies from day-to-day in strength and flexibility; your practice should reflect this. There are modifications for every exercise or pose, and you should do the one that is best for you at that moment.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to talk with your instructor after class!

Namaste!
(Sanskrit term of honor between teacher/student; "my light honors your light")